The pre Christmas period is perhaps the best time of time of year for beachcombing, especially when the wind has a touch of Northerly in it. Perhaps it may be the potential of interesting finds on the Thanet Coastline at this time of year or it is just nice to spend a few hours away from the pre Christmas rush , whatever the motives it was perfect conditions at one of my favourite spots St Mildred's Bay, Westgate on Sea.
This area has a lovely history behind it, ranging from the discovery of a iron age site on the beach many years ago, the battle of Marsh Bay which was a smuggling incident, shipwrecks, the First World War seaplane station and events that took place during the Second World War.
However, today's finds were from the strand line and had came in on the previous tide so there was nothing historical . The finds were very much as predicted, such as the usual sea coal, copal resin, bone, various sea shells and a golf ball bringing my Thanet Coast tally tally to 35 golf balls for 2010. The only exception being a tag from a balloon race. On rare occasions I have found tags of various descriptions from pigeon rings, fishery tags, balloon races etc., mostly around the Foreness Point and North Foreland areas.
I do like balloon tags as they have a personal touch around them and because of that I always send them off ASAP. This tag came from a balloon race that took place on 29th November 2010 from St James- the- Less, Hadleigh Church, Hadeigh, Esssex and they will be getting it back this week.
Finally, I should also mention there was no crab death to report amongst the Velvet swimmer crab population, the only casualties in a 100 metres of strandline was about half a dozen edible crabs which is normal for anytime of the year.